Canada's New Government Provides $450,000 for Lake Winnipeg Science Research



    GIMLI, MB, April 2 /CNW Telbec/ - James Bezan, Member of Parliament for
Selkirk-Interlake, on behalf of the Honourable John Baird, Minister of the
Environment announced today that Environment Canada will provide $450,000 in
funding over three years to the Lake Winnipeg Research Consortium.
    The funding will be used by the Consortium to facilitate and coordinate
collaborative research and monitoring activities to learn more about the
processes that are critical to the health of Lake Winnipeg. The funds will
also be used to support the vessel MV Namao in research and educational
activities, and to establish an electronic archive of scientific data and
information about the lake.
    "The work of the Lake Winnipeg Research Consortium supports our
commitment to clean up important watersheds, and protect the health of
Canadians. This funding will help focus federal efforts on Lake Winnipeg and
is a significant contribution to a larger basin initiative that will provide a
model for how the federal government can support watershed management in the
Lake Winnipeg Basin," said Mr. Bezan.
    Mr. Bezan was joined for the announcement, held aboard the MV Namao in
Gimli, by Dr. Al Kristofferson, Managing Director of the Lake Winnipeg
Research Consortium.
    "This funding announcement from the Government of Canada is excellent
news. The multi-year nature of this commitment will allow us to extend our
research plans into the future, thereby eliminating the need to work on a
year-by-year basis. We are very pleased with this. It is a very important step
forward to help us further understand this Great Lake of ours," said Dr.
Kristofferson.
    In Budget 2007, Canada's New Government committed $93 million to support
a comprehensive National Water Strategy that will ensure clean and safe water
for Canadians. This strategy sets the direction for a concrete action plan
that will improve the quality of drinking water, clean up polluted waters, and
protect ecosystems.

    (Egalement offert en français)




For further information:

For further information: Eric Richer, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of the Environment, (819) 997-1441; Environment Canada, Media
Relations, (819) 934-8008, 1-888-908-8008; www.ec.gc.ca

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